Successful people are people who live intensely goal orientated lives by implementing the discipline of goal setting. They normal have a written out goal statement or a list of clearly defined goals with specific measures to indicate to them when a specific goal has been achieved. This goal setting statement is not just a vague or generalized statement. If you study any number of self improvement books you will usually be advised that \"goal setting\" is one of the principal ways to ensure a successful life. This raises the question: \"Why do people often attempt goal setting, simply to be unsuccessful and be frustrated with the process and the outcomes?\" Brian Tracy offers four potential reasons in his book \"Goals! How to Get Everything You want, Faster than You Ever Thought Possible\" for why people fail at goal setting. Goals are not Important. The fact is, the importance of goals cannot be emphasised enough, however most people just do not recognize the importance of goal setting. This is most likely due to the fact that they were not raised in a home where goal setting and achieving the set goals was practised. They therefore did not learn the important skill of goal setting as part of their upbringing. Without the integration of goal setting as part of their lives people just do not value it as an important part of their success, or the lack thereof.
What is so important in our lives that we would need to set goals anyway? Every leader we have ever heard of or who has spoken very much they always end up telling us we need to set goals. Any student of leadership has this one main concept embedded in their minds and that is the idea that we need to have goals. Are all these so_called leaders out there going to tell us that we can not nor never will accomplish anything of lasting or true value without goal_setting? What in the world is so important that we have to set goals for its accomplishment? When was the last time you set a goal to do something before you set out to do it? The answer: We have never completed a project or task without having a goal to do so.